The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 September 2005

Parry and thrust

Last week Lachlan had a complaint about some aspect of Technorati. In a remarkably short time Dave Sifry, who for all practical purposes is Technorati, had an explanation and an apology posted as a comment.

Yesterday Sean Gleeson dismissed Google's new Blogsearch — "It's Beta, all right," he said — and recommended use of Technorati instead. In a remarkably short time Dave Sifry, who for all practical purposes is Technorati, had a thank-you posted as a comment.

As an old Usenet guy, I knew I'd seen this sort of thing before:

Kibo is, um, well, sort of hard to explain. He was this guy, right, and he used to grep the newsfeed for his name.

Oh, um, "grep" is a UNIX command that searches. So "grepping the newsfeed" means that he knew about any mention of Kibo anywhere on Usenet, and he'd respond. Kibo was everywhere! So he was a full-on Usenet god.

In view of the above, I postulate the following:

Dave Sifry is the new Kibo.

(Not to be confused with the old Kibo.)

Posted at 6:35 PM to Blogorrhea


"Kibo" sounds like some sort of new MP3 player, or perhaps a new vehicle targeted at Gen X slackers by Hyundai.

Posted by: david at 7:34 PM on 18 September 2005

"Kibo" could be the name of a digital TV recorder that only records programs about itself.

Kibo on Kibo: "I'm James 'Kibo' Parry, who is to the Internet what Charles Nelson Reilly was to 'Match Game '77'."

If Dave Sifry is Technorati, that would explain the frequent "too busy" error. He must have to take a break every now and then from powering the hamster wheel that seems to run the place.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 10:49 PM on 18 September 2005

Sorry about that -- I mangled a tag.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 10:50 PM on 18 September 2005

OK - that's it! I officially owe you a beer. :-)

Dave

Posted by: David Sifry at 1:21 AM on 20 September 2005